MN Receives $750k Through Innovative Labor Grant

Adapted from U.S. Department of Labor press release.

job-search-websites-05.jpgMinnesota is one of five states to receive grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor to design and implement innovative strategies that will improve re-employment services for unemployed workers. States receiving these funds responded to a "call to innovate" around a new national vision and framework that aim to create an integrated workforce customer registration process, use real-time data for enhanced decision-making, highlight skills transferability and leverage social media tools.

Libraries have been at the frontline of this innovative work with the development of work-force related programs designed to get unemployed people back to work. Classes offering resume and cover-letter help, digital literacy training and posting job opportunities through social media are just a few ways libraries have been helping the unemployed.

"Getting America back to work is a top priority of the Department of Labor," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "Doing so requires more creative thinking and innovative solutions than ever before, and these grants will help states take the next steps to improve services to unemployed workers."

IdahoMississippiNew York and Oregon will also use the funds to design a common "front door" to the workforce system to ensure Unemployment Insurance claimants have immediate access to re-employment services when they file claims for benefits; improve data integration and assess transferable skills to help claimants and workforce professionals make decisions; and effectively incorporate social media to connect unemployed workers with jobs. The tools and resources developed by the states will be implemented in partnership with Local Workforce Boards and One-Stop Career Centers, and will serve as a model to improve re-employment services nationally.

These grants are awarded in partnership with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and are funded through the Workforce Investment Act.  

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